Daniel 5 opens with a new king on the throne in Babylon. Belshazzar is the king now and so many years have passed by. Based on the events recorded in this chapter we know that the time is about 539 BC, 47 years after Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed Jerusalem and the temple of the Lord. The first verse is important because it helps understand what is happening. This is not just a feast but notice that the king “drank wine in front of the thousand” which tells us that this is a show. It is not just a party but a statement the king is making in front of the thousand. Verses 2-4 reveal what statement the king is making by drinking in front of the thousand. He commands that the silver and gold vessels that Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple of the Lord be brought so they could drink from them. Verse 4 reveals their hearts: “They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
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